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Blockhead by Joseph D'Agnese
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May 11, 12

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Read in March, 2012

“You can call me Blockhead. Everyone else does.” So begins the story of Leonardo of Pisa. This delightful biography is intended for elementary grades 3-5 (I). Leonardo loves numbers, but neither his teacher, nor his father appreciates his skills. By following the advice of his father’s friend Alfredo, however, Leonardo learns to embrace what makes him happiest and discovers the recurring number pattern found in nature. This pattern, found in plants, fruits and animals, is known as the “Fibonacci Sequence.” D’Agnese tells the story in Leonardo’s voice. He describes the efforts and accomplishments of the man who is now considered to be one of the most significant mathematicians of the Middle Ages. The text is clear and easy to understand. It provides a wonderful introduction to the phenomenon of numbers in nature. John O’Brien’s colorful and imaginative illustrations perfectly complement the text. Objects containing Fibonacci numbers are cleverly included within the illustrations. On the end page, readers are invited to review the illustrations and locate various objects. Teachers can use the additional classroom activities listed to supplement their own lesson plans. A brief biographical sketch of Leonardo is also included. The book provides a wonderful companion to teachers introducing Fibonacci numbers to students.lo
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